One in One Out at Bastion Gardens as Buckley joins and Lewis departs

Prestatyn Town have made their first move in the transfer market, by signing attacker Oliver Buckley and allowing Jack Lewis to leave.

Buckley joins having made 22 appearances in the Welsh top flight last season. He continued playing for the Lilywhites despite their relegation, scoring two goals in three appearances.

Lewis however has moved to Flint Town United after helping the Seasiders achieve promotion to the league last season.

Buckley was a long term target for manager Neil Gibson and the Prestatyn boss was delighted to finally grab his man.

“He has good pace & a keen eye for goal . He can operate either as a striker or on the wing so gives us plenty of options.

He also ticks the boxes for us at Prestatyn by being a young local lad who we feel will have plenty of opportunities to improve his game at the Motion Finance Stadium.”

Jack Lewis, 29, will take his defensive experience to Cae-y-Castell for the remainder of the 2018 season as he transfers away from Welsh Premier League outfit Prestatyn Town, a team he has played for since 2013, to link up with Flint Town United.

Lewis played a vital role at left back throughout Prestatyn’s promotion campaign last season and will likely relish the opportunity of getting back to playing regular football after only making 13 starts for the Seasiders in this season’s league and cup competitions

As for Flint Town United, manager Niall McGuiness will be delighted with his acquisition, his side currently sitting eleventh in the Cymru Alliance with a five-point gap between them and tenth placed Ruthin Town, in need of a strong season half to the season.

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McGuiness has added Lewis to the club in an effort to ensure the club can pull themselves away from the dreaded relegation spots and perhaps place them in better stead to have a successful 2018/19 season, as well as help them progress in the Welsh Cup when they face Welsh Premier League opposition in the form of Newtown on the 27th January.

Lewis will be available for selection as soon as this Saturday when Flint takes on Queens Park.  The reverse fixture between these two saw Flint come out 4 – 1 winners, so the defender will be hoping to aid his side in achieving the same result this time out before they head into the business end of the season.

The announcement of the transfer comes nine days after the announcement of the signing of another defensive-minded player in Jacob Lever, a centre-back who has been spending time playing his football in the USA at Chattanooga FC.

McGuiness described Lever as “very composed on the ball, and loves to play out from the back given the opportunity”.

Flint could be one to watch in 2018 with the already impressive Richie Ffoulkes and Shaun Beck controlling things at the front, defenders like Lewis and Lever may be the pieces required to take this team to the next level.

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